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German police probe driver's motive in deadly car ramming

Frankfurt Am Main - Investigators are probing the motives of a 35-year-old German student who rammed his car into a group of pedestrians, killing one person and injuring two others, officials said Sunday, ruling out terrorism.

Citing racist defense, Supreme Court stops execution of Texas man

The United States Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a black Texas prisoner on Wednesday, citing racist testimony presented by his own legal defense team during his sentencing hearing.

Two Indians shot, one fatally, in possible Kansas hate crime

Olathe - A Kansas man allegedly mistook a pair of Indian-born engineers relaxing in a suburban Kansas City bar for Middle Easterners and told them to "get out of my country" before he shot them both, one of them fatally, on Wednesday.

Kim Jong-Nam killed by VX nerve agent: Malaysia police

Kuala Lumpur - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half brother was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said Friday.

Two ex-Vatican bank chiefs get suspended prison terms

Rome - Two former executives at the Vatican bank were handed four-month suspended prison sentences on Thursday over their role in dubious transactions dating from 2010.

Former Israeli chief rabbi sentenced to jail for graft

Jerusalem - Former Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger, convicted of taking more than $1.9 million in bribes, fraud and obstructing justice, was sentenced Thursday to serve four-and-a-half years in jail, court officials said.

Ex-IMF chief Rato handed 4.5 years in jail for embezzlement

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of two Spanish banks.

Kabul to set penalties for subculture of boy sex slaves

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to lay out stringent penalties for "bacha bazi" -– sexual slavery and abuse of boys –- for the first time, officials say, in a landmark move against the deeply entrenched practice.

Denmark extends S.Korea 'Rasputin' daughter's detention

Stockholm - A Danish court extended Wednesday for another month the detention of the daughter of Choi Soon-Sil, the woman at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president.

'Bacha bazi': the Afghan practice of child sex slavery

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to criminalise the practice of "bacha bazi" -- the sexual exploitation of boys -- with a slew of stringent punishments laid out for the first time in a revised penal code.

Swede stole gas truck in Barcelona after wild party night

Barcelona - A Swede who took police on a high-speed chase through Barcelona at the wheel of a stolen truck full of gas cylinders had partied hard the previous night, local authorities said Wednesday.

Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct

Hong Kong - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city.

New witness is key to Duterte death squad probe: Philippine rights chief

Geneva - A probe into whether Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad is making progress following crucial whistleblower testimony this week, the head of the country's rights watchdog said Tuesday.

India arrests heads of adoption centre over trafficking

Kolkata - Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested the heads of an adoption centre suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples, the latest trafficking scandal to hit the country.

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Telavi - An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant who lay on the ground, sparking criticism from rights groups.

Philippines' Duterte a serial killer: senator

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a "serial killer" who should be forced out of office, one of his chief critics said Tuesday, as she faced arrest on drug charges she insisted were meant to silence her.

S. Korean woman gets six years over exorcism death in Germany

Frankfurt Am Main - A German court sentenced a South Korean woman to six years in jail for the death of her cousin who was beaten and suffocated during an attempted exorcism in a Frankfurt hotel room.

Egypt court confirms death sentences over football riot

Cairo - A court Monday upheld death sentences against 10 people over rioting at a Port Said football stadium five years ago that killed 74 fans and sparked more violence in Egypt.

'Spiderman' thief gets eight years for $100m Paris art heist

Paris - A thief nicknamed "Spiderman", who stole five masterpieces from a top Paris museum, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for one of the most daring art heists in recent years.
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